• The exhibition

    Come see our world-famous exhibitions. Learn how our ancestors developed over million of years

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  • Conferencing

    Our state-of-the-art conference centre is perfect for a getaway conference close to the city

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  • Maropeng Hotel

    The Maropeng Hotel is the epitome of luxury accommodation in the Cradle of Humankind

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  • School visits

    You will never forget your school trip to the Maropeng Visitor Centre and the Sterkfontein Caves

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Welcome home!

Welcome to Maropeng (the official visitor centre of the Cradle of Humankind) and the Sterkfontein Caves. Maropeng means “returning to the place of origin” in Setswana, the main indigenous language in this area of South Africa. The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site is an easy drive of about an hour from Johannesburg or Pretoria. Our ancestors have lived in this area for more than 3-million years. By coming here, you are coming to the birthplace of humanity. Welcome home!

Before you visit us, take a look at our introductory video


Maropeng Visitor Centre Reviews
Maropeng Visitor Centre Reviews


You’ll find her lounging by the pool, cocktail in hand, and being a gracious host to her family of billions. Meet Ma Ropeng – the First Lady of Maropeng.

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Fossil bones and skeletons tend to get most of the attention in palaeontology, but sometimes we can learn more about extinct life from the footprints long-extinct animals left behind. That’s… Read more

In the third edition of Maropeng’s “Thinking Aloud” series, we’re exploring one of the most followed astronomical events in the world. Professor Petri Vaisanen, director of the South African Astronomical… Read more

The debate around the gender of one of South Africa’s most famous fossils has almost certainly been settled. Mrs Ples, a Plio-Pleistocene fossil skull of Australopithecus africanus, is, according to… Read more

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